This time of year is always rough on me. Used to run a Halloween haunted house for a local charity and it involved working with lots of high school and college aged kids. One of my guys brought some junior high kids one evening when we were building sets, said they had gotten into trouble at church of all places and asked if I would put them to work doing crap jobs as punishment. One of those kids stuck around after they had worked off their service hours we had agreed on. I could not get rid of him, gave him the nastiest, worst possible jobs that had to be done trying to make him lose interest but he kept coming back. We felt like we were baby sitting more than anything but I told the other older kids if he wanted to be there that bad he could. When the haunt opened the kid begged me to let him act in it so I got one of the older women to agree to work with him as well as keep an eye on him. He shined in his role and worked harder than all of the other actors. He kept coming back, worked with us all year as we put together the haunt, started going to events we did, etc. and became part of our haunt family. The longer we knew him the more we learned about his home life, family, etc. Long story short, at times we fed him, clothed him, took care of him, and watched him grow up. I had a side job I used to do that was a seasonal summer work and I gave him a job with me so he could buy his first car. The kid was not perfect and got into some trouble but I think it was from running with the wrong people looking for attention. Anyway, someone broke into his mom's house a couple years ago and shot him while he slept. The police interviewed tons of people, I contacted the governor and the state put up a reward, local businessman put up a reward, nothing. They still have no clue who killed him or why. Still remember the call I got from one of the haunt crew telling me what happened. His birthday fell at the end of February so I have been thinking of him lately. There is a huge haunted house trade show we attend that is in a couple of weeks. He always wanted to go but could not attend until he was 21, which he would have been this year. I will never understand why it happened and I wonder if the police will ever find who did it. I used to call the detective in charge of the case every couple of months to remind him someone cared, but I have given up on them ever being able to do anything. For a community the size of this one, the few murders that happen seem to go unsolved. Sorry for the long post, I am just needing to share. Does anyone have any experience dealing with any organizations that deal in cold cases? Thanks.